How Many People Can Attend a Funeral Now?
On 21st June 2021, the restrictions on numbers attending funeral services, wakes and commemorative events changed again. Although many of us were disappointed all restrictions weren't removed, there was still some good news to come out of last week's announcement relating to the funeral industry.
From 21st June, there will no longer be any laws covering the number of people attending a funeral. The number of people attending will continue to be governed by the number of people a venue, or outdoor event, can safely accommodate complying with social distancing rules still in effect. Every venue or location should have a covid19 risk assessment in place. For wakes and celebratory/commemorative events this means an end to the rule of 30 people in attendance, as long as it is safe to do so. Outdoor events will be covered by the same rules. An event in a private garden, private or public land should also comply with these conditions, and there will still need to be a risk assessment in place and social distancing must be adhered to.
These changes, whilst not as far reaching as hoped, do offer greater opportunities for families to hold a larger funeral for their loved one (if you have a local venue able to safely provide this service). Being able to hold a ceremony after the funeral is a relief to many families, allowing them to celebrate the life of their loved ones in the company of more of their wider family and friends.
Community Engagement After The Pandemic
We can't wait for restrictions to end completely and funerals to get back to how they were, for the sake of families and for you as Funeral Directors and Arrangers. From speaking with you we appreciate what a difficult 15 months this has been, some of the stories you've told us have broken our hearts and made us proud to work with you at the same time.
As we write this, it is expected restrictions in England will end on 21st June, with the rest of the UK set to follow.
We know that for funerals this means more choice and options for families plus an end to limited numbers at the service, but what does it mean to the way you engage with families? Are there any online engagement tools worth keeping once restrictions end?
How your Families Benefit from a Funeral Notice
The pandemic changed everything about society as we know it, including funerals. With the easing of restrictions planned for June 21st, we want to let you know why we think it has never been more important for families to announce the passing of their loved one and why funeral-notices.co.uk is best placed to offer you this service for your families.
Funeral Directors: Does Market Share Matter?
Market share is a way to measure how well you are doing compared to other Funeral Directors in your area, or in the UK industry as a whole. A higher market share can help with things such as supplier costs which in turn can help with competitive pricing. Having a good share of the funerals in your local area helps sustain your funeral home for future generations and can help it grow towards opening a new branch if so desired.
How does having notices on my website help me as a Funeral Director?
Many Funeral Directors are choosing to add funeral notices to their website and if you've yet to make that decision, you're interested and looking for a provider or want to compare our benefits to an existing provider, we thought it would be helpful to explain how having notices on your website is of benefit to you and talk about the service we can provide for you, for free.
So, what are the benefits of having notices on your website?
Is Your Business Featured on Funeral-Notices.co.uk?
The simplest way to check if your business is already represented on The No.1 site across the UK for funeral notices is to use our 'Find a Funeral Director' Feature: here.
Simply enter your business or branch postcode and hit 'Search'.
Online Donations: How to make the most of them for you and your families (Webinar)
We are really excited to bring you our first educational webinar for Funeral Directors and Arrangers. Please take a moment to watch Funeral Notices Manager Sarah Welton, Niki Ward from our donation partners Donatis and Lauren Poole from UK charity RNLI as they discuss online donations; sharing tips, advice and best practice.
Funerals Without Restrictions - Memorial Services & Gatherings
Like you, we welcomed the news that the 30 person limit on attendance at funerals in England will end on 17th May. This will bring rules in England in line with Northern Ireland and Wales where attendance is limited only by the ability of the venue to safely accommodate people in accordance with the 2m covid-safe rules. In Scotland up to 50 people may now attend a funeral but again this is dependent on the size of the venue.
Both Northern Ireland and Wales will make announcements on further easing of their restrictions later in May, whilst Scotland and England will do the same in late June/June 21st respectively. It is hoped that the next announcements will confirm our roadmap out of covid restrictions and a date when all restrictions on funerals come to an end. If, as is hoped, the 2m rule changes to 1m in the coming weeks too, then this will really help some of the smaller venues to increase the number of mourners they can safely accommodate.
Should all rules on social contact end in June then restrictions on funerals will finally come to an end. With just over a month to wait, the UK vaccine rollout in full swing and pubs, restaurants and hospitality on the verge of re-opening, it really does feel like we are finally turning a corner...
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Understanding Your Dashboard on funeral-notices.co.uk (Video)
When you log into your funeral-notices.co.uk account, do you ever take a moment to look at the free dashboard we provide for you?
In the first of a series of videos, we explain the benefits and functions available for you on your own dashboard; helping ensure you are getting the most from your funeral-notices.co.uk account.